Nigerian artist, Burna Boy, has emerged the first Nigerian artist to be nominated for the Grammy awards in two consecutive years.
Burna was nominated in the Best Global Music category of the 62nd Grammys with his African Giant album. He lost the award to Angelique Kidjo, Beninoese singer and songwriter, who had won the Grammys four times.
According to the list released by Grammy Awards organisers, Burna Boy’s new album, ‘Twice As Tall,’ is presently nominated in the Best Global Music Category with albums; FU CHRONICLES by Antibalas, AGORA by Bebel Gilberto, LOVE LETTERS by Anoushka Shankar and AMADJAR by Tinariwen.
Reaction to his second Grammys nomination, Burna Boy took to his Twitter handle and tweeted “Another one.”
His fifth studio album, Twice as Tall was released on August 14, 2020, by Spaceship Entertainment, Atlantic Records and Warner Music.
The 15-track album is a mixture of Afrobeats, dancehall, pop and hip hop.
Two other Nigerian artistes, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid, also featured on the 63rd Grammys nominee list with vocals on Cold Play’s album and ‘Brown Skin Girl’ video where Beyonce featured Wizkid.
Sade Adu is the only Nigerian-born artiste who has received the coveted award four times while artistes like King Sunny Ade (KSA), Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Babatunde Olatunji were nominated for their original works.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US.
It will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.